The Wanted 18

Directors Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali
Year 2014
Run Time 75min
Genre Animation, Documentary

Directors

Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali

Writer

Paul Cowan

Producers

Dominique Barneaud, Saed Andoni, Nathalie Cloutier

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interests

Discrimination, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, Other Language

À l’ouest de Pluton (West of Pluto)

Directors Henry Bernadet, Myriam Verreault
Year 2008
Run Time 95min
Genre Documentary, Drama

Directors

Henry Bernadet, Myriam Verreault

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Original Languages

English, French

The Chocolate Farmer

Director Rohan Fernando
Year 2011
Run Time 70min
Genre Documentary
In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. A tender and moving family tale, director Rohan Fernando's lush cinematic journey intimately captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is suddenly and dramatically changing. A lament for cultures lost, this timely and vital film challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress.

Director

Rohan Fernando

Genre

Documentary

Original Language

English

Geographies of Solitude

Director Jacquelyn Mills
Year 2022
Run Time 103min
Genre Documentary
An immersion into the rich landscapes of Sable Island and the life of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived over 40 years on this remote strip of sand.

Director

Jacquelyn Mills

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Environment

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Films We Like

Fractured Land

Directors Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza, Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
Year 2015
Run Time 75min
Genre Documentary
With some of the world's largest fracking operations on his territory, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

Directors

Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza, Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher

Writers

Daniel Conrad, Fiona Rayher

Producers

Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Moving Images Distribution

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Black Life: Untold Stories – Northern Beats

Director Will Prosper
Year 2023
Run Time 44min
Genre Documentary

A musical look at the rise of hip hop in Canada, as told by some of its earliest pioneers, culminating in the worldwide success of artists like Drake and The Weeknd.

Director

Will Prosper

Writers

Leslie Norville, Margot Daley

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Black Filmmaker, History

Original Language

English

The Life and Times of Norman Jewison

Year 1997
Run Time 60min
Genre Documentary

Directors

Cast

Norman Jewison, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Biography

Original Language

English

The Geographies of DAR

Director Monique LeBlanc
Year 2023
Run Time 73min
Genre Documentary
A visually stunning film on acclaimed author David Adams Richards and his connection to one of Canada’s most overlooked yet breathtaking regions.

Director

Monique LeBlanc

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

Rematriation

Director Alexi Liotti
Year 2022
Run Time 67min
Genre Documentary
British Columbia's Old Growth forests are virgin forests, untouched since the last ice age. They represent one of the last lines of defense against climate change, and contain scientific properties we barely understand - yet mismanagement and greed have left less than 2.6% of them standing. Only one of hundreds of valleys (outside of parks) remains entirely uncut on Vancouver Island - Fairy Creek (Ada'itsx). An indigenous led movement to prevent the cutting of this last Old Growth watershed has now become Canada's largest act of civil disobedience, and the government response has been alarming. The publicly funded Royal Canadian Mounted Police are aggressively disbanding and arresting the peaceful protesters blocking industry access to these ancient forests, despite numerous recent political conservation commitments to protecting at risk Old Growth forests in B.C. Rematriation follows concerned B.C. citizens exploring the confluence of scientific, cultural, economic and sociopolitical perspectives, as they take a stand to protect the last big trees from being cut down. Like peeling layers back from an onion, the lessons we take away reach far beyond the forests, permeating the very social fabric of Canadian identity.

Director

Alexi Liotti

Writers

Alexi Liotti, Colm Keating

Producers

Therese Goulet, David Keiss

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

A Canadian Tarantella With Claudio Santaluce

Year 2022
Run Time 60min
Genre Documentary

If you grew up in the Toronto-area and attended family weddings or community fundraisers, you would have witnessed the rise of this young star. Despite his notable presence, there has never been a biopic on his life and artistic pursuits, until now. In this special documentary, viewers will learn about this old world master musician and what drives his passion for traditional music-making.

Directors

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

Other Language

The Fruit Machine

Director Sarah Fodey
Year 2018
Run Time 81min
Genre Documentary

The homosexual witch-hunt of public servants and military personnel in Canada from the 1950s through the early 1990s and its effects on the people whose lives and careers were disrupted or destroyed by it.

Director

Sarah Fodey

Producers

Han Nguyen, Sarah Fodey, Derek Diorio

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Discrimination, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Mi’ma’omakw: People of the Salmon

Director Damien Gillis
Year 2021
Run Time 17min
Genre Documentary

For well over ten thousand years, the First Nations of BC’s Broughton Archipelago have lived in harmony with their environment, thriving on a diet of wild salmon and seafood which they’ve stewarded sustainably… that is, until Norwegian owned open net pen fish farms showed up and began polluting these coastal waters with their waste, parasites and diseases. Now, these nations are reclaiming their territories, leading the science-based removal of fish farms in an effort to bring back wild salmon.

Director

Damien Gillis

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment

Original Language

English

Lovable

Director Alan Zweig
Year 2007
Run Time 101min
Genre Documentary

Love: Why is it so difficult? That’s the question at the heart of Alan Zweig’s poignant and personal meditation about heartache and the inability to find ‘the one’. But rather than focusing solely on himself, he turns the camera outwards, getting a range of perspectives from single female friends that show the highs and lows of their relationships, and why they think it’s never worked out for them.


Using his distinctive style and wit, Zweig manages to make a film that anyone, no matter their relationship status, can relate to, and resonate with.

Director

Alan Zweig

Writer

Alan Zweig

Cast

Alan Zweig

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Biography

Original Language

English

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Cette maison (This House)

Director Miryam Charles
Year 2023
Run Time 75min
Genre Documentary, Drama, Experimental

Drawing from the events surrounding her fourteen-year-old cousin’s murder in 2008, director Miryam Charles wants to finally unpack her grief and the trauma associated with it. Through dream-like reenactments of her own childhood and an imagined life for her cousin, Charles delves into the changing emotional, political, and historical climates surrounding her family as Haitian-Canadians in Quebec.


This beautifully crafted film is a bold and thought-provoking look at family, and a moving tribute to a life tragically cut short.


“A daring blend of documentary and fantasy that invests a deeply personal drama with a wide historical scope.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Director

Miryam Charles

Writer

Miryam Charles

Cast

Schelby Jean-Baptiste

Producer

Felix Dufour-Laperriere

Genres

Documentary, Drama, Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black Filmmaker, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories

Original Language

French

Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe

Director Robert McCallum
Year 2023
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary

For so many Canadians, Ernie Coombs and his character Mr. Dressup was an enduring childhood fixture, promoting the power of creativity, play and imagination. This heartwarming documentary traces the roots of this universally celebrated and uniquely Canadian children’s programme, its enduring legacy, and how it stayed true to its aim throughout its run of almost 30 years.


Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at TIFF, Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe is an absolute crowd-pleaser that is sure to bring a tear to your eye.


The Magic of Make-Believe not only serves as a reminder of the joy Coombs brought to our young lives, but it also emphasizes the need for Mr. Dressup's patience and kindness today more than ever.” – Rachel Ho, Exclaim!

Director

Robert McCallum

Writers

Robert McCallum, Jordan Christopher Morris

Producers

Nina Keogh, Matthew Hornburg, Mark J.W. Bishop, Jordan Christopher Morris, Aeschylus Poulos

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, ESL, History, Newcomer Stories

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Amazon

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No Crying at the Dinner Table

Director Carol Nguyen
Year 2019
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
Director Carol Nguyen reflects on a family tragedy through a series of interviews, exposing how trauma and grief can remain in the shadows for too long.
 

Director

Carol Nguyen

Producers

Carol Nguyen, Aziz Zoromba

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Thog’s Hamlet

Genre Documentary
The film The Tragicall Historie of HAMLET Prince of Denmarke is a documentary of the stage production Thog’s Hamlet created collectively by the music/theatre group Thog during Toronto’s creative explosion of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In this still from Thog's Hamlet, the female Hamlet #2, played by Caroline Johnson, rides atop of The Ghost's back, played by Jim Bearden. 
 

Directors

Genre

Documentary

Original Language

English

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

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Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

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Foster Child

Director Gil Cardinal (Métis)
Year 1987
Run Time 43min
Genre Documentary

At 35 years old, filmmaker Gil Cardinal makes the decision to seek out his biological family, sending him on a journey into his own roots, uncovering an ancestry he knew nothing about. As Cardinal discovers that he was forcibly taken from his Métis mother, the film shifts into addressing the ongoing systematic oppression of Indigenous peoples.

This incredibly personal documentary was a landmark in Indigenous storytelling on film, and received many accolades including the Gemini award for directing.

Director

Gil Cardinal (Métis)

Cast

Gil Cardinal (Métis), Don Cardinal (Métis)

Producer

Jerry Krepakevich

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Classics, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English